Prosecutors: Men's Twisted Fantasies Led to Stabbing

Prosecutors: Men's Twisted Fantasies Led to Stabbing

Prosecutors: Men's Twisted Fantasies Led to Stabbing

The gruesome stabbing of a Northwestern University professor's 26-year-old boyfriend was part of the sexual fantasy conjured in a chatroom by the professor and an Oxford University employee, a Chicago prosecutor told a judge Sunday.

Somerville College's Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, have been charged with murdering hair stylist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in the academic's Chicago apartment.

Cornell-Duranleau was found lying against a bedroom door of Lathem's 10th-floor apartment, according to police and an autopsy report.

The Cook County medical examiner's office released the findings in Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau's death on Friday. His sister reported him missing days before the murder.

Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations", to his upper body.

The investigation into the murder began July 27 after the doorman of Lathem's building received an anonymous call instructing him to check out Lathem's apartment because "a crime may have been committed there", Deenihan said.

At the bond hearing Sunday, according to The Chicago Tribune, Lathem's attorney Barry Sheppard submitted copies of dozens of letters attesting to his client's character and professional achievements.

Both Lathem and Warren surrendered to authorities in California on August 4.

Warren, meanwhile, worked as a senior treasury assistant at Oxford University in Great Britain, according to the school's website.

In a odd twist, on the same day as the murder, Lathem made a $5,610 cash donation to Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center in the name "Cornell-Duranleau", according to the prosecution.

Lathem had reportedly already begun making arrangements to move his Chicago-based microbiology lab to Paris.

One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Both men have confessed to authorities.

In the video, prosecutors said Lathem claimed "he is not the person people thought he was", admitting that Cornell-Duranleau trusted him completely and that he had "betrayed that trust".

Chicago Police charged the pair with first-degree murder after they were returned to the city from California.

Investigators say Lathem, who was sacked after the killing, had a personal relationship with Cornell-Duranleau.

She also said Lathem recorded video messages of himself, in which he admitted to the killings.

Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court.

He plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.

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